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The Marian Fathers present this Lenten devotional series to help you prepare to receive graces on Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday.

Readings: Is 55:10-11; Ps 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19; Mt 6:7-15
Diary: 146, 158

I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. — Ps 34:5

"Who ya gonna call?" This "Ghostbusters" movie catchphrase was aimed at its hapless victims of ghost invasion. Who could they talk to? Who would believe them? Who would understand? Who could help?

Today's readings are about communication. God sends us His words to accomplish something in us. He hears our cries of distress, and He rescues us. Jesus tells us how to pray so that our prayers will be heard.

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux took seriously Jesus' instruction not to use a lot of words, but to pray simply and honestly. In her Story of A Soul, Chapter 10, she records:

Prayer is, for me, an outburst from the heart; it is a simple glance darted upwards to Heaven; it is a cry of gratitude and of love in the midst of trial as in the midst of joy! In a word, it is something exalted, supernatural, which dilates the soul and unites it to God. Sometimes when I find myself, spiritually, in dryness so great that I cannot produce a single good thought, I recite very slowly a Pater or an Ave Maria; these prayers alone console me, they suffice, they nourish my soul.


So call on your Heavenly Father. He understands.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I come to You as a trusting child. Rescue me from my fears.

Missed a day? See previous "From Ashes to Mercy" daily meditations.

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